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Old 05-30-2012, 03:49 PM   #5116
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The most silly one I heard so far, came from my driving instructor.

I drove up his driveway with my bike shortly after I bought it and he asked what kind of bike it was.

I asked him to have a guess (FYI: I do have a BMW sticker on my windshield, driving a Oryx conversion based on a BMW F650 GS), he replied:

"Obviously not what the sticker says, I mean it doesn't have a Boxer engine, so it's not a BMW, but I dunno what it actually is"





Seriously? I mean...he was about to buy a BMW just a few weeks ago, he SHOULD actually know.....
I asked him to take a look at the clutch cover and re-think what he just said


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One of the guys I work with uses rain as an excuse to leave early all the time!!! It pisses me off.

"It's gonna rain, and I rode today- so I'm taking off."
Well, that just sucks, maybe you should make him aware of the fact that real bikers dont care about weather and that driving a bike is about more than just having a lame excuse for pissing everyone else of :/
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:05 PM   #5117
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Funny story, but people laugh when I tell them that my Ural is the most modern bike I've ever owned.

Until now, I've never had a bike with a windshield, a neutral light, mirrors, running lights, or even turn signals.

Simpler bikes are just more fun.

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:01 PM   #5118
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You're a real old school type of guy, aren't you?
He said nothing about simpler phones being more fun.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:08 PM   #5119
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #5120
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Funny story, but people laugh when I tell them that my Ural is the most modern bike I've ever owned.

Until now, I've never had a bike with a windshield, a neutral light, mirrors, running lights, or even turn signals.

Simpler bikes are just more fun.

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Yet you have a HemDroid 2 with Typotalk 2 (whatever that is). Maybe a land-line phone is more fun, too.

Never mind...
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:17 PM   #5121
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They might turn on and off in Europe, but the ones in the USA and Canada are on all the time with no way to turn them off.
Way back ~1964 in the USAF my crew got to visit most of the S. American capitals. In some of those countries drivers would turn off their headlights at every red light. Cabbies said it was to "save gas".

Wonder if they still do that.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:51 AM   #5122
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[QUOTE=gelberhase;18800983]The most silly one I heard so far, came from my driving instructor.

I drove up his driveway with my bike shortly after I bought it and he asked what kind of bike it was.

I asked him to have a guess (FYI: I do have a BMW sticker on my windshield, driving a Oryx conversion based on a BMW F650 GS), he replied:

"Obviously not what the sticker says, I mean it doesn't have a Boxer engine, so it's not a BMW, but I dunno what it actually is"





Seriously? I mean...he was about to buy a BMW just a few weeks ago, he SHOULD actually know.....
I asked him to take a look at the clutch cover and re-think what he just said


A lot of people that ride boxer engined BMW's think the same thing.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:22 AM   #5123
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Mods, can you change this thread name to "Innocent questions people ask to make small talk and replies by self important jack-asses"?
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:55 AM   #5124
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After riding my bicycle to work this morning, as I was stashing it in a bike locker I heard a motorcycle approaching and was trying to figure out from the sound what it was? Not a V-twin, maybe a V-four or vertical twin. Finally the guy pulled in on a smaller Kawasaki. I was about to ask him my own stupid question: "Is that a Ninja 500 or 250?" but they guy never took off his friggin' helmet, so I didn't say anything.

I guess some people like to talk about motorcycles and some try to avoid it. Oh well.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:37 AM   #5125
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Way back ~1964 in the USAF my crew got to visit most of the S. American capitals. In some of those countries drivers would turn off their headlights at every red light. Cabbies said it was to "save gas".

Wonder if they still do that.
I've heard of this, and it makes sense although it would be more effective to just turn off the engine if you're going to be waiting longer than 30 sec.
More electrical draw = more alternator output to compensate battery and increased resistance = more drag on the engine thru alt. belt = increase in consumption. Of course it's pretty small differences, but when you pinch every penny I guess it adds up.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:34 PM   #5126
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I've heard of this, and it makes sense although it would be more effective to just turn off the engine if you're going to be waiting longer than 30 sec.
More electrical draw = more alternator output to compensate battery and increased resistance = more drag on the engine thru alt. belt = increase in consumption. Of course it's pretty small differences, but when you pinch every penny I guess it adds up.
I am not sure that in those days, with those ancient engines fueled by those carburetor devices, that turning the engine off for a minute's stop would save fuel. Perhaps we have an expert on antique engines here who can answer factually.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #5127
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I am not sure that in those days, with those ancient engines fueled by those carburetor devices, that turning the engine off for a minute's stop would save fuel. Perhaps we have an expert on antique engines here who can answer factually.
If you can start the engine without pressing the gas pedal down, which should be the case when it's hot, it doesn't use any extra fuel at all to restart an engine. On all but CV carburetors (usually only on foreign cars, like the 240-Z) if you pressed the gas pedal down the accelerator pump squirted more fuel into the carburetor. Normally when the engine was cold, you would press the gas two or three times which would both squirt more fuel into the intake and set the automatic choke, then you would start the car. This would be the case for American-made cars from the 50's and 60's.

So if it could be restarted without pressing the gas pedal down at all, even 20 seconds would save fuel.

Modern fuel injected engines would be even better, because they don't squirt in any extra fuel.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:04 PM   #5128
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Way back ~1964 in the USAF my crew got to visit most of the S. American capitals. In some of those countries drivers would turn off their headlights at every red light. Cabbies said it was to "save gas".

Wonder if they still do that.
Never heard the "to save gas" explanation but I have heard of people in here in the States who think that using the headlights unnecessarily is bad and will kill the battery...like there is no charging system.

Where do they get these people?
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:35 PM   #5129
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Mods, can you change this thread name to "Innocent questions people ask to make small talk and replies by self important jack-asses"?

Just the other day I... oh, never mind.
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:22 PM   #5130
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Never heard the "to save gas" explanation but I have heard of people in here in the States who think that using the headlights unnecessarily is bad and will kill the battery...like there is no charging system.

Where do they get these people?
At lights wouldnt it be running off the battery not the alternator? The revs would be too low.

Like everything there is merit, but it might be insignificant.
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